Lead Tutor and Course Director Sarah Temple has been in touch to tell us about Ming Sum Tang, a BA Graphic and Media Design student who has just been taken on as an intern at Monocle as part of her Diploma in Professional Studies.
Sarah Temple comments:
“I love Monocle. I know £5 is pretty expensive for a magazine, but if you’re interested in quality journalism, travel and design you should give Monocle a try. Launched several years ago by Tyler Brulee, the founder of Wallpaper magazine, its physical qualities set it apart from the competition. It’s thick like a book, packed with interesting material and its paper is high-quality, matt. The magazine isn’t crammed with advertising. And it even smells nice. The typography and photography used are great, and all executed in-house. I heard Tyler speak at Designyatra in India and was astonished to hear that he commissions all his own journalists to write his news stories for him. He described an occassion when he nearly lost his own life, in pursuit of a great story. At a time when the print press is suffering because of its lack of ability to re-invent for the Internet age, Monocle shows that a paper magazine which focusses on quality can succeed and has real intergrity. And it’s a truly global magazine, based in London. Thus I am especially delighted that an alumnus, James Melaugh, from GMD in the Design Faculty is a key designer on the magazine and has just taken on design intern Ming Sum Tang, from the Diploma in Professional Studies”.
Ming Sum Tang, who is taking the Design for Information pathway as part of her degree, discusses her valuable experiences at Monocle:
“Recently, I have extended my placement at Monocle Magazine for another month. I have enjoyed and learned so much from everyone at Monocle already, I feel very lucky with my experiences and to be undertaking my experience in such an incredible building. In the past month, I have been taught and guided by everyone in the art team, who are very friendly, professional and work with a very good sense of humor. Everyday, I learn new intriguing things that are not always related to graphic design, but design for products and interiors as well. I have been contributing to the cover, spreads layout, illustrations, props making, displays at the Monocle Office, mock-up models for clients, event/window display. I am very happy that I have had this opportunity to use all my fundamental skills of design and the crafts of making. “